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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

IronChef Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (33 comments)

I spent a few minutes looking at the linked site, and searching, and could not find the answer to that question. There were some promising-looking links to freedomboxfoundation.org but the site was not responding.

Either I need to turn in my geek card, or more likely, someone needs to turn in their web content editor card.

1 hour ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

IronChef Re:If you can't beat them... (405 comments)

I had exactly the same idea the other day. I'm surprised that this doesn't exist yet, in some form or another.

about three weeks ago
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WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

IronChef Re:False advertising. (273 comments)

Your AT&T story reminds me of my own bad experiences with that carrier. I've been on a pre-paid carrier for a long time now and find I much prefer it.

My bill is completely predictable, and best of all, my phone company doesn't have access to any of my billing information. They can't just decide to charge me a mystery fee, or otherwise screw up the billing.

It's great and I will never go back to post-paid and contracts.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

IronChef Re:WD TV Live plays almost everything (420 comments)

How did I not know about this firmware project? Thanks for posting that!

WDTV is fantastic... sometimes, even computer guys don't want another computer around.

about 3 months ago
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Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines

IronChef Re:Any drones yet? (323 comments)

It does seem obvious, and I'm on your side, but consider the mindset of the other side. There are people, a *lot* of people, who consider using almost any kind of recreational drugs to be deeply immoral.

Their concerns are not born of the violence of the drug business, but the chemical itself. If you miracled up a pot plant from another dimension and used it in perfect isolation, they'd still consider that act to be immoral and worth society's effort to stamp out.

You're not going to win the day with arguments of practicality. The pro-legalization forces have to beat both the folks who think that the War on Drugs is an important ethical position, and the folks who benefit from the growing police state that the War on Drugs sponsors.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

IronChef Re:It doesn't matter (470 comments)

They should have named Classic Shell "Tron" instead, because it fights for the User.

about 3 months ago
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Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

IronChef Re:PDroid (324 comments)

I have a Nexus 7. Both the 2012 and 2013 versions will get wiped if unlocked. If I find that I really do need to root, I will, but it's enough of an inconvenience that I haven't done it yet.

At least there's a nice tool for it:
http://www.wugfresh.com/nrt/

about 4 months ago
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Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

IronChef Re:PDroid (324 comments)

It would be nice if I could unlock/root my device without wiping it at least.

about 4 months ago
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Tech In the Hot Seat For Oct. 1st Obamacare Launch

IronChef Re:Only if unsuccessful (326 comments)

> The reason we pay so much for health care is because the recipient doesn't know and/or doesn't care how much it costs, namely because they don't pay for it. Likewise, they don't shop around.

It's hard to shop around when in some cases they can't even tell you the costs.

I had to go to the ER for a bad cut. As they were stitching me up, the finance person came in with a clipboard to have me sign things. I asked, "how much is all this going to cost?" She laughed--laughed!--and said I'd find out in a few months.

about 7 months ago
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Google's Second Generation Nexus 7 Benchmarks

IronChef Re:No micro SD slot? (205 comments)

You can use a USB drive via a USB on-the-go cable and a few bucks of software. It's not perfect but it gets me by.

about 8 months ago
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Teenage League of Legends Player Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke

IronChef Re:So much for... (743 comments)

We've already institutionalized "no joke" zones at airports. Unfortunately, it is only a matter of time before there are more such restrictions.

about 10 months ago
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Green Lantern Writer To Pen Blade Runner Sequel

IronChef Re:This does not inspire confidence in me (326 comments)

> should stick to my video collection and watch 20+ year old movies only

Your proposal is acceptable!

about 10 months ago
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AT&T Quietly Adds Charges To All Contract Cell Plans

IronChef Re:Surcharge (338 comments)

There are better options. I am always surprised that more people do not use the cheaper prepaid carriers.

I have never had my prepaid carrier raise rates on me or add surprise charges. And, since they don't have my billing information and the service is prepaid, I remain in control of spending.

Hey, they still have problems, they're phone companies. But after being pushed down the stairs by ATT etc for years, I find prepaid to be a big improvement.

about a year ago
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Amazon Buys Sunlight Readable Color Display Company Liquavista

IronChef Re:You mean like the Kindle Fire? (56 comments)

I had 2 e-ink readers, and did like them quite a bit... but then I got a Nexus 7 and haven't touched them. The screen is perfectly usable outdoors. Not AWESOME... but usable. In partial shade, like sitting next to the window on a bus, it's fantastic.

YMMV.

about a year ago

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